November 15, 2017 Subject:
The Secrets of Doctor Kildare
The conversation so far, regarding the selfless humanity found in so many doctors of this particular genre has concentrated on how that particular characteristic has been focused on, almost to the exclusion of all else. Doctors during those times went into medicine, much as nurses went into nursing, as a true calling, a genuinely ingrained, simple desire to help and care for their fellow man.
Very few doctors, on a percentage basis, could ever count on, or even dreamed of, becoming the "big wig" specialists who became independently wealthy, without taking on the care and treatment of the likewise independently weathy patients, many of whom (not all of course) expected their "bought and owned" physicians to be able to fashion true medical miracles out of dollar bills. Won't stop abusing - anything? Alcohol, patent medicines (aka "quack" cures), overwork, under- exercising, over-eating, no sleep, prescription medications, etc? No need!! Your Big City Doctor, with his Big City Education, will be able to come up with a Miracle Cure out of that black leather doctor's bag he carries with him on all his Missions of Mercy, or a bottle of Magic Pills out of his medication cabinet in his snazzy office!
YOU don't have to put out any effort to change your lifestyle, your eating or drinking habits, your constant "burning the candle at both ends!" Not at all - just take these pills, come to the office every week for this wonderful new electrical muscle stimulator and exercise machine that will do all that dull, boring, strenuous work for you! Only $100 per treatment - No worries, we'll just bill you once a month!
Mrs. Gotrocks not feeling well? Well, don't you worry your rich, empty head about a thing - we'll just have you check in to our private little sanitarium out in the country for a few months of our good, nourishing, health food, some vitamin shots, daily treatments in our health spa, and we'll have you feeling like your young self again in no time at all. Well, maybe a little time, you know all these things can't be cured in a day, right? No worries! We'll bill you monthly!
THAT was the only way any doctor could make a pot full of money in their careers, short or long. And most were shut down after some time anyway, usually exposed by the scrupulous doctors, when these patients didn't get better under their care, and some even died from undiagnosed and possibly treatable (even then) illness or disease. Doesn't matter. If you don't fish in rich waters, you don't catch many big, fat fish.
But, that was a very small minority of doctors, and frequently weren't very good real doctors, they were usually from the bottom half of their class. They couldnt even make a real honest living working as real honest doctors, because they were not smart enough, or talented enough, to really perform their jobs well as healers.
The real doctors were the ones who lived in the small towns and villages that dotted the land, frequently their hometowns, some following their fathers and grandfather's into practice. Or they took young wives, maybe babies, and moved to a neighboring urban area, and took positions in all the small and midsized hospitals and the doctors' practices associated with them. They didn't make pots full of money, because their were no pots full of money to be had from their patients' pockets and small bank accounts. But, they didnt do badly most of the time, driving a Buick instead of a Chevy, working their way up to maybe a Cadillac years later. Maybe.
These were the doctors who cared for all the average Joes and Marys and Cindys and Mikes of the country, delivered their babies, set broken arms and legs, saw them through the traumas of tonsilectomies and appendectomies, and deaths. No big incomes to make off those things, but usually enough to live average, comfortable lives, punctuated with frequent dinnertime or middle of the night house calls. No insurance companies to pay the bills, few ads ever placed for prescription medications, except in medical journals which patients never read, so they couldnt become the self-diagnosing, self-prescribing halfwits so many have become today. So few malpractice lawsuits ever filed, or ever needed defending. No out of place expectations, just that the doctors do their very best. And that's what they did. Most all of the time.
December 1, 2014 Subject:
This is not any kind of commercial enterprise and probably has minimal resources, which is why the uploading is inconvenient. Don't be angry with them for not being rich, and we certainly appreciate what you have done so far. More of these movies would be nice.
February 21, 2014 Subject:
Promotes the doctor as a hero of conscience
While grumpy Dr. Gillespie struggles with his own health, Kildare pretends to desert him in order to force a rest. This deception further complicates romance with sweet Laraine Day and (hot!) Helen Gilbert.
Hard to dislike anything with Barrymore doing his curmudgeonly thing so wonderfully well. I'm interested in its depiction of doctors as moral heroes, risking everything to do their humanitarian duty. I don't find the depiction any more or less "realistic" than any number of medical television shows of the 70s and 80s. But it's interesting how little of the story has to do with medicine--it's much more dutiful, truthful doctors overworking themselves and each other.
October 18, 2010 Subject:
I give it 5 stars. As reviewer "Granita To Go" writes, it's engaging. I was surprised.
(Reviewer "bearpuf" says doctors are idealized here. Well, we all know that movies are movies and reality is reality.)
September 27, 2010 Subject:
Cute and Fuzzy
The medical profession is completely humanist and idealistic to the point of self-sacrifice at any cost to themselves. Even Dr. Kildare's girlfriend nurse doesn't mind sitting in a car and waiting for him to return for several hours while he visits and romances the charming and beautiful patient. The movie itself seems harmless, but socially speaking its overwhelming to put doctors on a platinum plated mountain above all others. Acting is good and adorable. Lew Ayers-kind, humble, impeccably decent. Lionel Barrymore- worthy to be President if Roosevelt hadn't already had the job (1939).
Reviewer:Granita To Go
September 24, 2010 Subject:
I agree this movie is adorable and nicely entertaining. Wonderful to see the actors in action. Seems a bit to lighthearted at first perhaps for some, but then becomes engaging.